A third fight between Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier may be scrapped after the Irishman said he would ‘fight someone else’.
A third fight between Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier may be scrapped after the controversial Irishman said he would ‘fight someone else’ during a social media spat.
In July, the pair are due to step back into the octagon together for the third time, but that’s now up in the air after a long and public argument about a donation that McGregor agreed to make to Poirier’s charity.
McGregor promised to make a $500,000 USD ($655,000 AUD) to Poirier’s foundation before their fight at UFC 257, which led to the American calling out his opponent on Twitter last week.
Poirier and his wife Jolie started The Good Fight Foundation. at first to auction off pieces of memorabilia from his UFC career.
“The Good Fight grew from this first round into a fully registered international nonprofit in 2018,” the charity’s mission statement reads.
“Over the years, The Good Fight has raised thousands of dollars for initiatives including fallen LPD officer Michael Middlebrook, local Acadian Middle School and a playground for disabled children.”
McGregor said he was withholding the money until he knew exactly what it was for – with Poirier saying that his management had reached out multiple times to McGregor, but had been ‘ghosted’.
From there it predictably descended into a sledging match, with McGregor’s name-calling drawing a response from Poirier in the form of a video of him winning their fight back in January.
But the key moment came after the insults, when McGregor said “The fight is off btw. I’m going to fight someone else on the 10th. Good luck on your old contract kid.”
Of course, McGregor has been known to talk before he thinks online, and announce things such as retirement only to renege on them later – so a fight cancellation announcement in this medium should be taken with a grain of salt.
Nevertheless, it will be interesting to see if the bout goes ahead – McGregor won their first fight seven years ago before Poirier got his revenge at UFC 257.